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Large tracts of tall foothill rainforest survive just 45 minutes driving out of Sorong on the western tip of New Guinea's Bird's Head.

Press releases

Browse through our press releases to experience some of the highlights of Papua Expeditions...

PE Runner-up
in WARTA 2013

Papua Expeditions/cv.Ekonexion achieved the Runner-up status in the 7th Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, still the only award of its kind in the Asian realm.

PE achieved the Runner-up status in the 7th Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards in the category Most Inspiring Responsible Tour Operator. Still the only award of its kind in the Asian realm, WARTA essentially aims to identify and encourage leaders in sustainable tourism.

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PE Highly Commended
in WARTA 2010

Papua Expeditions/cv.Ekonexion has been Highly Commended in the 5th Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, the only award of its kind in the Asian realm.

PE has been Highly Commended in the 5th Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, the only award of its kind in the Asian realm. Established by Wild Asia in 2006, this annual award aims to recognize accommodation operators and tour operators who are making a difference.

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Community Conservation
and Ecotourism Agreement

Wilson's Bird-of-paradise Diphyllodes respublica is just one of the spectacular inhabitants of the Orobiai River catchment on Waigeo Island that enjoy enhanced protection through an ambitious and innovative Community Conservation and Ecotourism Agreement. Copyright © Dubi Shapiro

PE and customary landowners on the largest Raja Ampat island of Waigeo in eastern Indonesia proudly announced that, as of January 1, 2009, they have entered into an ambitious and innovative five-year pilot agreement to preserve for future generations, the entire Orobiai River catchment in Waigeo's eastern half.

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Vogelkop Bowerbird
comes to ‘Life’

Cameraman Barrie Britton spent nearly 200 hours sequestrated in hides in order to obtain the ultimate dream-sequence of courting and mating vogelkop bowerbirds, not surprisingly a world first!

From September 3 to October 8, 2008, PE assisted a production team of the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit (Bristol, UK) in order to film the remarkable Vogelkop Bowerbird Amblyornis inornatus up-close and personal in a remote region of the Arfak Mountains on the Birdís Head Peninsula. Meet the little wonder that cameraman Barrie Britton daily zoomed into through his viewfinder.

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Endangered brushturkey photographed

Who could have imagined that the adult male Bruijn's Brushturkey Aepypodius bruijnii in display condition looks like this when staring at the drab plate in Beehler's 1986 field guide to the birds of New Guinea? Copyright © Papua Expeditions/cv.Ekonexion and C. Davies

From March 18 to April 9, 2007, PE resident birders Iwein Mauro and Zeth Wonggor guided British bird-watcher Charles Davies on an exploratory bird tour to Mount Danai on Waigeo Island, and comfortably sat him down in a hide located just four meters away from an active nest mound of Bruijn's Brushturkey Aepypodius bruijnii. The mound-tending male and a soliciting female performed, and the group was in the fortunate opportunity to secure the first photographs in the wild of this nearly mythical species.

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The way PE implements ecotourism is impressive and should be widely copied. It actually took me some time to fully understand the range of the work you are doing. State of the art 'ecotourism' currently seems to be speeding along logging roads, but PE proves that you can even tick off a species list (if that's what you want) in a very different way.
Carl Christian Tofte, Wildlife Artist, Denmark